Tradition and Irreverence: Exploring the American Diaspora examines the expanse of American Culture through the juxtaposition of symbols and written language, the dismantling of traditional iconography and through the appropriation of motifs and painting techniques. With imagery derived from gas station and saloon restrooms, ghost towns, alleyways, and graffiti walls, each piece presents a contemporary amalgam of our visual heritage in search of continuity between tradition and our prevailing cultural irreverences.
“For the Fort”
“For the Fort” seeks a departure from the stringencies of academia and my strife to reconcile the long traditions of representational painting with that of modern abstraction.
Aptly titled, “For the Fort” addresses my existing subject matter with a boyish naivety. Conveyed through assemblage, mixed media and paint I allow myself the freedom to indulge rudimentary craft. Each piece exists as if it were an adornment for the proverbial fort, banners, collections and shields to be hung, to define my make believe space.
These works contain materials collected from or associated with my childhood, targets, ammunition boxes, stamps, ruined denim, buttons, bearings, furniture tacks and more. Each are held together with the most elementary of building supplies, joint compound, roofing nails, wood glue, fiber tape and polymer resin. These building supplies are not only integral to the finished composition but theconstruction by which each piece is realized. This process allows each work to exist unabashedly in opposition to traditional painting practices.